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18 Nov 2014
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5 things you need to know about Africa Cup of Nations

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Soccer fans across the continent are waiting with anticipation for the African Nations Cup which set to kick off early next year in Equatorial Guinea.

The AFCON trophy - Pic: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

Morocco was initially tapped to host the 30th edition of the tournament however; the nation refused over fears of Ebola and was subsequently disqualified from the competition by CAF.

16 African countries, all gunning for the gold-plated trophy, will descend on Equatorial Guinea on 17 January 2015 for the four week tournament.

So far ten teams have qualified for the tournament namely; South Africa, Tunisia, Senegal, Gabon, Zambia, Cameroon, Algeria , Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and host nation Equatorial Guinea.

The remaining six teams will be announced after the last batch of qualifiers are wrapped up this week while the finals draw will be held on 3 December 2014 in Malabo the host nation’s capital.

Here are 5 things you should know about the Africa Cup of Nations

1 Burkina Faso midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa, voted best player of the 2013 Cup of Nations in South Africa, is the leading individual scorer with five goals from five matches.

2 Ivory Coast are the leading team scorers with 13 goals while Cameroon, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia boast the tightest defences, conceding just one goal each in 450 minutes.

3 Guinea’s midfielder Seydouba Soumah, who plays for Slovak club Slovan Bratislava, has scored the only hat-trick, netting three times within 26 minutes against Togo in Lome.

4 Algeria, the most impressive African side at the 2014 World Cup, boast the lone 100% record with one match left while Cameroon, Gabon, South Africa and Tunisia are unbeaten.

5 Former champions Ivory Coast trounced Sierra Leone 5-1 in Abidjan and Angola hammered Lesotho 4-0 in Luanda to record the biggest victories of the 70 mini-league matches.